I don’t surf so I am not sure if this is something people usually do because its easy 🤷🏻♀️? Looks pretty damn hard though so I am cheering for my brother and my son!! Oh how #iamgrateful that my kids loves outdoor sports.
Bet insurance loves it too. #ridethewaves
Can you tell I love tassels?! 😅 Apparently tassels are my most recent obsession. Pillows with tassels, scarves with tassels, blankets with tassels...you name it. If it has tassels, there's a great chance I'll not only like it, but lovveee it! (I'm soooo weird!) Oh, and if it has pom poms, I'll like it too! 😂
Collagenous colitis. An inflammation of the large intestine that causes persistent watery diarrhea, weight loss and abdominal cramping or pain and that may keep the large intestine from reabsorbing as it should. After several weeks of dramatic weight loss, blood and stool tests, and beyond, I have finally been given a diagnoses friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While somewhat rare, this condition can be triggered by bacterial and viral infections, history of autoimmunity and a variety of other factors. While it’s unclear what exactly triggered it for me, I am so beyond grateful at this point to at least have something to go after as I work with my incredible holistic health team to restore and hopefully even enhance my health.
Throughout this past month, my team has been consistently impressed that despite the fact that I was highly prone to dehydration with this condition, I was not only able to stay hydrated but keep my electrolytes in balance as well. I’ll admit, I worked really hard at this and tried to be as consistent and thoughtful as I could on the daily (and still am). Thus, I thought I’d share some of my go to’s for any of those times in which your body may be in need of some extra hydration as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
*Coconut Water (natural electrolyte replacement- I even used this for my colon prep in place of Gatorade)
*Chamomile Tea (anti-inflammatory and gut soothing))
* Bone Broth and Bone Broth Protein (anti-inflammatory, gut healing and much needed easier to digest source of protein) * Celery Juice (high levels of potassium and sodium, gut healing, anti-inflammatory, the list goes on)
*Fruits & Greens and Multivitamin Mix In’s (added to water to give my body easier to digest vitamins and nutrients - plus it made my water more exciting too 😉)
#partner Special thanks to @healthyhumanlife for the this new stainless steel water bottle that I’ve been using on the daily to keep all of these drinks of mine both hot and cold and ready to go throughout this journey to healing. Use code KRISTAH10 for 10% off your own bottle or tumbler of your choice.
This week's agenda 🤓🤓
20hrs of work
2x day intensive acting course
writing content for those shoots
fit in some gym time
most importantly make time to chill and have fun with @ciarankowald 🤗 Apparently I didn't get the memo that a day only had 24hrs in it 🙄🙄🤔
✨STYLED MOCK UPS ✨
Professional brand photography is an important and valuable investment for your business... But what if you're a start-up or don't have the budget to spend on this?
An excellent and less-expensive alternative can be to use styled photography and mock-ups. You can purchase these for commercial use from places like @etsy and @creativemarket.
Personally, I have a subscription to @katemaxstock and use all of her stunning images for my branding and advertising for both of my businesses. This creates a consistent and visually appealing image for my brands. 😍✨
Everyone’s wearing their cute holiday skirts and dresses and I’m over here like: “Gimme all the sweaters and jeans because I don’t like being cold.” 🤷🏼♀️ ⠀
Really though, there’s a slim-to-no chance you’ll find this Ohio girl baring her legs any other time but summer. Does anyone else feel the same or am I alone on this? 🚫❄️ ⠀
Giving meaningful gifts with @thearisebox ✨
Although I’m not doing any official gift guides this year, I’ve been sharing gift ideas unofficially throughout the month and love recommending brands who are creating change.⠀
You might remember this fall when I helped put together the Fall Arise Box — working with Cassidy on that project convinced me of just how incredible Arise is and how worthy they are of supporting.⠀
They have THREE holiday boxes left, each containing a beautiful hand stitched apron from @darzahdesigns (another brand that might sound familiar), a soy wax candle from @eleventhcandleco, fair trade cinnamon, and fair trade chai. It’s cozy, fragrant, ethically sourced, AND benefits victims of trafficking. ⠀
If you’re still looking for gift ideas, head over to @thearisebox before these beauties sell out! #inspiringsimplicity
I've started a new series featuring quotes based around the home and family and I've added the first two prints to the shop today.🙂 Swipe to see the second print which is one of my fav Mother Teresa quotes. I really like how the cute little houses in each design turned- the little hearts are the best part.❤️ If you'd like to shop these prints, follow the link on my feed (and yes if you order within the next couple days it will be delivered in time for Christmas gifts)🎄
I'll be adding a few more designs throughout the next couple months. Stay tuned!
After six weeks with this sweet guy, I thought it was the perfect time to share the journey. How it all began.
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Karson's birth story is up on the blog for those who are looking for something special to read this evening :)
Pretty cool seeing something you snapped in print. A big shout-out to @explore_licking_county and @martindigital for having me be a part of this fantastic travel magazine. My husband and I have been living in Licking County for almost five years now, and we love it. There's so many treasures to find, places to explore, and it's been so cool to watch the community grow. I'm excited for what the future holds!! #explorelc
DIY BATH SALTS:
ready for Thursday Nights Class!?If you like this simple gift DIY you’ll love our holiday DIY class! Send me a DM for an invite!
Try layering your ingredients for a pretty gift. They are so simple to make and share!! INGREDIENTS:
+ bergamot essential oil @younglivingeo + lavender essential oil + dried lavender @herbstomppdx + dried roses
+ dried chamomile + pink himalayan salt @fredmeyerstores + Epsom salts + glass jars @cargoinc
Day 11 of the @fullcoveragepod Advent Challenge. Luscious Lips is the theme for today so what better product to use than the @fentybeauty Gloss Bomb. I’m not a “gloss” person but this is a dream. Isn’t overly sticky but feels great on. #beautypodcast#adventchallenge
Our little guy is on the move now more than ever! He does not sit still for long! ⠀
When I first found out I was pregnant with him, I immediately found myself wanting to protect him from so many things... a lot of those things are outside of my control, but I knew the things I could control were the the products we had in our home and were using for self care! ⠀
Mamas, we are the gatekeepers of our homes! We are the protectors of our most precious gifts! I wanted to share with you a few tips on how I took on the task of finding safe products, replacing them on a budget and making sure my Littles don’t have to worry about any toxic products in our home ♥️⠀
1. I recommend using the EWG healthy living app to find out if the products you’re currently using are safe! It’s super easy and gives you a rating!⠀
2. Pick a rating you’re comfortable with for your family.⠀
3. For the products that weren’t safe, we found safer options and little by little started replacing them. ⠀
4. Don’t feel like you have to do it all at once. When we would run out of a product, we would then replace it with a safer option! ⠀
5. Buy from companies you trust- this is a hard one! A lot of products especially beauty and self care products are not regulated, so it’s up to us to do the research! I did a lot of research and found a few I trusted and that held a high standard for the safety and quality of their products and commitment to safe, clean products! ⠀
6. Ask for help! You don’t have to walk this journey alone! I have the sweetest tribe of people who I learned from and asked a million questions. Also I have some pretty awesome sisters who were willing to walk alongside me in my journey and teach me everything I know! It’s definitely overwhelming at first, but there are so many people who want to help you find your way. ⠀
My baby turns one tomorrow and we have finally switched everything out! Little by little, but we did it! We’d love to walk along you in your journey! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help. We have the most wonderful people who are willing with the best resources ♥️
Hey friends ☺️ it's possible that like 98% of you know me on a personal level and very well might not get anything out of this post, but here's a little hello to the 2% of you I've yet to know! My name is Kalee & I'm so glad you stopped by to read this, today! I am a 22 year old wife & mom and have recently become a (pretty amateur) blogger, too! I own a million books but always seem to stop about halfway through the book and pick up a different one. My favorite ice cream is either coffee chip or spicy cinnamon. One of my favorite books in the Bible is Job. My mom almost named me Kylie because she wanted to name my twin brother Kyle Lee (thanks for not doing that, mom). So that's me! What's something I might not know about you?
Last week I posted about mental load, and how it can be particularly crushing this time of year. I want to remind you that it is okay to not do ALL THE THINGS! If you are feeling overwhelmed:
✅ Stop, and schedule some time with no distractions (30mins or so)
✅ Write out your to-do list, try to be as specific as possible, putting things in different categories e.g. Food, Presents, School, Work
✅ Then, take out some highlighters, or different coloured pens and go through you list and allocate each task to "For me to do" "To get a family/friend to do" "To pay someone to do" and "To get rid of" ✅ You don't have to do it all, and when you break down your list and are totally honest with yourself, you can usually find tasks that can be either handed over or scrapped.
Good luck, and please tell me if you do this! Better yet, take a picture of your list and tag me! 💕 If you want to treat yourself this Xmas, get my Complete Self Care Workbook for less than $10 (click the bio link for the workbook and enter your code CHRISTMAS30 at the checkout) 💕
Pic via @olivecreativeco
I can’t believe this year is basically over!! It feels like just last week when I set some goals for 2018 with my @cultivatewhatmatters planner. Of course I’m an overachiever and didn’t finish more than half of my goals for this year, but I’m just excited about the PROGRESS I’ve made in a few areas! 🙌🏼⠀
One goal this year was to simplify my life. I still have a long way to go with that one, but one of the BEST things I did this year was cut all my STUFF (read: junk) in half and redecorate my room! It sounds crazy but overall I feel lighter and happier than I did a year ago. So yay for that 🥳
For those of you who aren't having an oh-so-merry holiday season, we see you too and we hope that you can find peace and comfort in these next couple of weeks and beyond. We get it that this time of year holds a lot of mixed feelings and emotions for a lot of people. Lots of love from Amy Burke Designs to you. 💜
Photo: @janaeshieldsphotography | Venue: @ritzcarltonhmb
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These warmer months are super sensitive on my skin. I'm always cautious about spending too much time out in the sun because I'm so fair I'm basically transparent 🙈
So excited Young Living have launched their new mineral sunscreen ~ SPF 50 ~ no toxins ~ no parabens ~ non greasy and recommended for sensitive skin because of its purity.
Eagerly waiting the delivery man for this one. Have you got yours yet?